If you're going to go scurrying into semantics, then that's not what you said either. You said if it was used in the same context as either of those words then that would be OK with you - the point you are missing is that it's not about you. It's a question of whether or not a South Asian person would be OK with it. I don't think they would, in the main. But feel free to try, but if you check, what I said was that if it was a word used in the same context of Scot or Brit then it isn't offensive in itself.
You also said it should be reclaimed because kids today didn't have that context.....which is suggesting that its potential to cause offence is over, or should be over, no?The historical context is what attaches the meaning and this part in bold was my argument not whether it was OK to use the word or not. Neither was I suggesting that because it stemmed from the 70's that it had gone away, quite the opposite. What I was saying was, that this is what has given the word the moder-day context.
Last edited by pintpot; 21-05-2012 at 01:41 PM.
so if we have there permission its ok!! that's just laughable! A rule is a rule isnt it? ..one rule for one and one for another.. just plain ridiculous imo
I'd rather a frontal lobotomy than a bottle in front of me
(Applying for Citizenship when I can be arsed to print out the forms)
It's not that complicated. Try it if you like. Go about your daily life and feel free to use words like Paki, nigger, spakker, boong, towelhead, (insert potentially derogatory term of your choice), whatever you like. Let us know how you get on. In the real world we all know the words that are OK and those that aren't.
The fact that some words used to be OK to use and now aren't isn't, IMO, a case of PC gone mad, not for words like that. It's just changing times, no big deal unless you choose to make it one
Last edited by pintpot; 21-05-2012 at 01:54 PM.
None of which of course should really make any difference as long as nothing untoward/derogatory was meant in any term being used.
Would I call someone a 'nigger' if given permission?......absolutely not!